All posts by Adrian Barclay

Come and Try it day

We had a great time on the Come and Try it day on the 10th August 2019 even if the sun was not shining!! We had all sorts of craft out on the water including open boats:-

As well as Sit on Top Kayaks, Stand up Paddle Boards and Racing kayaks.

But I think everyone really enjoyed having a go at Stand up Paddleboarding

Although other people seemed to really enjoy falling in and swimming”””

Photos and article by Adrian 

PCC “Go Canoeing 2019”

Sorry this course is fully booked please visit our diary page for more events.

The Club is running its annual “Go Canoeing” event in September 2019 which is a three week course to encourage new members into the sport of Kayaking and canoeing, through our Club.

 It is a great way to learn to kayak & Canoe in three easy sessions. The course includes :-

  • Two pool sessions, on Saturday evenings, (7/9/19 & 21/9/19 ) at our usual pool venue in Purley.
  • The course will end with a full day on a local reservoir in West Sussex on Saturday 28/9/19.

The Cost of the course is £64.00 for adults and £59.00 for Juniors.

The event is open to all ages, except children under 8 years of age. Juniors under 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

Why not read the news posting from last years Go Canoeing event and the posting about our “2017 Go Canoeing” event to find out more about the course.

Please  Contact the Club for more details about the course and to book onto the event.


You can also visit the British Canoeing –“Go Canoeing” page for other national events  

Sailing on Ardingly Reservoir

On the 11th May 2019 Alan, Sam and Marion organised an Open Water and Sailing day on Ardingly reservoir. There were 17 of us on the course including the three coaches. We had 15 open boats  out at anyone time. 

We split up into three groups. Marion took one group and demonstrated how to paddle into or against the wind using extreme trim.

At lunch time Sam & Alan demonstrated how to rig a raft with an “A” frame sail but we did not use it on the water.

Alan took another group out and demonstrated how to raft up to assist with coping with the wind.

Sam taught us how to use a down wind sail which looked really colourful.

Someone said that Purley Canoe Club finally became a Canoeing club on this day. The Weather varied from very wind and wet to flat calm and sunny. Thanks goes to Alan, Sam and Marion for a great day out where we learned so much..


A Windy trip on the Wey Navigation

Date of PCC Event : 27/04/19

On the 27th April 2019 Sam ran a trip down the Wey Navigation from Burpham Lock to Guildford and return. It was supposed to be a flat water trip but it was more like being at sea with a strong head wind on the way there with a bit of rain. However it gave us an opportunity to try out our sails and we certainly got back very quickly.
Thanks to Sam for a great day out.

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PCC first visits the Norfolk Broads

During the first May bank Holiday of 2019 Purley Cane Club made its first visit to the Norfolk Broads. We stayed at Canal Camping in Dilham.  We all had a  great time. Here are some photos of the event

Sam video

Saturday was very windy and a bit damp. We paddled from the campsite through the old lock and round to the outskirts of Dilham. Returned through hail storm and against the wind -total distance 6.5 miles 

Sunday was not as windy with a lot more sun, but we still had an opportunity to use our sails to sail across the open Barton Broad. Paddling from Stallham staithe, across barton Broad to have lunch  at Instead and finished at Ludham Bridge – total miles 7.5miles

On Monday we cleared our tents and set up a shuttle. We then paddled off form the campsite and through the old lock. We didn’t stop for lunch at finished at Sutton Staithe at about 2pm.  

Thanks must go to Gary for organising such a great weekend, lets hope there is another weekend in Broads 

Photos by Adrian, & Matias; Video by Sam and Gary provided the maps

PCC on the high Seas!!!

On the 7th April 2019 a few club members when down to St Margarets Bay, near Dover to paddle below the white cliffs.

As we drove down to Dover it was a bit damp but when we arrived at Kingsdown, the rain had lifted even if it was a bit overcast. The Sea was “Smooth” to “Slight” with a force 3 to 4 wind so it was great conditions to be out on the sea. We had the wind and the tide in our favour as we headed  out to St Margarets through the crashing surf on the beach.

We enjoyed paddling along the “White Cliffs of Dover” until we reached St Margarets bay. As usual we had great fun landing on the beach due to the steep and pebbly beach. Basically  we crash landed onto the shore and jumped out of the kayak before the next wave picked it up and dunged it on the shore again. So the landing was exiting but we all made it to dry land safely where we had our lunch.

After lunch we had to launch again through the waves and paddle back along the white cliffs. The tide and the wind had turned again in our favour so it was a geat paddle back to Kingsdown where we had another exciting landing.

All of us – Julia, Adrian, Sam and Noel had a great day out on the sea.

Photos and article by Adrian






High water on the Presidents paddle

The President’s Annual Trip down the Mole on the 17th March 2019, from Brockham to Leatherhead attracted 5 Kayaks (Noel, Kevin, Adrian, Tony and Robin)  and 7 Open Canoes (Marion, Alan, Tom, Ali, Fiona, Sam K and Julia).

We had a young guest kayaker-  Aaron Humphrey who paddled the first third to the garden centre, with occasional guidance from his dad and Alan.

Mole was high, brown and fast flowing.  The day was bright, sunny but with a chill wind. 

It was a challenging paddle as on several occasions we had to negotiate fallen trees in the river. Sam and Tom cleared the first problem within a 100 yards of our start. Fiona found going broadside was not a good idea and Robin found out a gap big enough for a kayak was inadequate for the kayaker. 

We all had to concentrate. We seemed to settle into a routine of Noel leading, with Adrian and Sam behind, as the clearance team and Kev on standby for rescues.  Marion & Alan offered advice and support when appropriate. Tom, Ali, Julia and Tony paddled steadily and successfully , with Tom and Ali competing for the number of footballs rescued from the river.

The towback at Dorking Weir was  3 to 4 meters – clearly not negotiable. We lunched there and portaged around it. The Stepping Stones were invisible, except for a photographer ( who turned out to be Marion’s father) using the access to record the passage of Purley Canoe Club.

Noel monitored us to the end, in Leatherhead.

Great Day, Noel.  Thanks to everyone. It was a true team effort to accomplish that 9 miles.  

Kevin addedd:-

“Had a great day on our Club’s annual paddle down the River Mole. The levels were very high and there were lots of trees to avoid which made it hard work. The Stepping Stones were under water so we were able to paddle over them! Dorking Weir was too big though and had an 8ft tow back which made it too dangerous to run!”

Photos by Kevin, Adrian & Robin

Article by Robin & Kevin

Sun in Wales in February 2019

There were 10 of us assembling during the Friday, for the Wales Weekend  :  22 – 24 February 2019. Sam, Lauren, Marion and Alan arriving early enough to paddle from Llanwrthwl to Newbridge (6 miles), which they enjoyed in the sunshine.

Sam K, Paul, Adrian, Julia, Robin and “D”, all turned up in time for supper in The Clarence.

We filled Colin’s B&B Plas Y Fynon. After hearty breakfast (personal service) we headed for Newbridge intending to paddle down to Builth Wells (9 miles). Small delay as Robin needed to replace a punctured tyre, so Robin & Adrian met the shuttle at the Builth Wells car park, and were ferried back to the start where the boats were ready for launching.

Lovely sunny morning. Rather low water meant continuous concentration to select your line. Water levels at Bwlth where 1.163 meters and falling and at Ddol Farm (near Rhayader) where 0.494 meters and falling.

We took turns in being leader – a humiliating responsibility since everyone hit rocks – though some more than others. The chief pirouettist will remain anonymous.

Kathy’s Corner was the highlight. Low water made the first set of rapids negotiable so long as you lined up correctly and kept straight. All the boats made it, one open being paddled tandem, steered by Adrian and thrilling the passenger.

The second drop was blocked by a tree to the right hand side. The water was flowing through the tree with every chance of a capsize trapping the paddler under the tree. Alan and Sam K decided to risk their Opens through it and steered confidently through. Marion then demonstrated how professional she was, steering round the tree but just caught the end under the water and had to brace firmly to stay up.

The remaining boats were “walked” (Lined) around the tree and relaunched in the pool. Thereafter, the rest of Kathy’s Corner proved no problem, ‘cept Adrian’s Carabiner got left behind.

Sunday we all repeated the Friday foray from Llanwrthwl  to Newbridge. A technical challenge as the water was even lower.  Water levels at Bwlth where 1.14 meters and falling and at Ddol Farm (near Rhayader) where 0.475 meters and falling

We lingered over lunch as it was too lovely not to. Everyone was keen to try polling the open boats in the rapids. “D” did well, but over-balanced and collided with 2 boats, soaking one of them – Julia’s, and thus her lunch (or was it Adrian’s) and her cag.

We pressed on, enjoying the paddle but conscious now of the time & the journey home.

Conclusion? A fantastic weekend. Weather, technical challenge, decent meals, friendly. Maybe just a couple of lessons :

  • Avoid the Clarence on a Saturday night in future, when Wales have beaten the Lions.
  • Don’t smoke in the bar when Marion is around

Article by Robin and Photos by Robin & Adrian

New Year paddle 2019

On the 6th January 2019 we had our first PCC trip of the new year. We paddled from Hartlake bridge down to Yalding on the  River Medway.

We had some new members on the trip as well as some of the regular members. It was a crisp and dry January day and thankfully it was not too cold.

Before Lunch we successfully paddled down the canoe shoots at East Lock and Oak Weir Lock. As usual we had lunch at Sluice weir lock.  After lunch some of us chose to shoot the canoe shoot at Sluice weir and others decided to portage round the shoot. One of our new members was looking for some excitement that day so she decided to go down the shoot. She went down the shoot ok but at the bottom the boily water made her capsize. We found her a change of clothes and we then paddled onto Yalding.

Tea Pot Island cafe was closed so we went into the pub for coffee and cakes sitting around the log fire. We all warmed up very quickly. At was a fun trip and it set us up for another year of paddling. Our new members said they enjoyed themselves and they are coming again.

Article and photos by Adrian



Annual Dart Trip November 2018

Hi all,
We had another great weekend paddling the River Dart, running the Lower Lower section on Saturday, then the Lower section on Sunday from the Country Park down to Buckfastleigh. The weather was really good, no rain and a nice sunny day on the Sunday. We stayed at the Furzeleigh Mill Hotel who fed and watered us very well with a Full Dartmoor Breakfast both days!
Here are a few photos of the Boulder Garden, Buckfast Weir (that we didnt run).
Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a fun weekend.

These videos were taken on the Sunday when we paddled the Lower section on Sunday from the Country Park down to Buckfastleigh.